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Microbe Probe
From school playgrounds to frozen snowfields to your own bedroom, microbes are everywhere. Discover this microscopic world at the Microbe Zoo. Head to http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/dlc-me/zoo/ and prepare to think small. At Animal Pavilion, you'll find out how the microbes that live inside a termite's guts are able to digest wood. Get wet and wild at Water World, where you can visit ponds, swamps and bogs that are rich in bizarre and colorful microbes. Just keep your eyes open for those nasty "pipe slimers" and the "red tide." And definitely embark on the Space Adventure, where you'll explore Mars with other scientists to find out if life ever existed on the Red Planet. If you're getting hungry from all of this action, then stop by the Snack Bar--the place to find tasty foods that are produced by microbes, including bread, chocolate and yogurt. Plus, the site is home to the House of Horrors, where such monsters as vampire bacteria and The Invader microbe hang out. At the Microbe Zoo, life is both beautiful and tiny.




Neuroscience for Kids
It's Brain Awareness Week 2000 at Neuroscience for Kids. Whether it's the smell of apple pie or a memory of swimming at the beach, we can thank our brains for the special experiences we enjoy. Way-cool experiments and fun await at http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/neurok.html You can have fun making a model of the brain, a neuron or the retina. Or see how easily your senses can fool you at Brain Games. You'll find great activities as you discover the amazing universe of the brain.









The Age of E-quarium
Dive into the E-quarium to become an instant junior marine biologist! At http://www.mbayaq.org the Monterey Bay Aquarium Web site, 3-D panoramas and live camera action bring the ocean to life like you've never seen. Get on your scuba gear and head into the depths by clicking on the Learning Center and Kids' E-Q for instant access to all the exhibits. Swim through a kelp forest and scope out the kelp cam, or sink your head in a tidal pool and come nose-to-nose with a Monkeyface eel. You can comb the shores or dive in on a submarine voyage to deep underwater canyons. Giggle at the hijinks on the otter cam or slime around on the muddy ocean floor with some mud-sucking sea cucumbers. It's cute, ugly, beautiful and scientific. Have a swimmingly good time at Monterey Bay's amazing E-quarium.

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Be a 4Kids Detective

When you know the answers to the questions below, enter your answers. If you are correct, you will become a "4Kids Detective of the Week." If a question is not answered it is considered wrong. Good luck.

1. How much of our oxygen comes from ocean algae?

70%
50%
30%
2. How many segments make up the spinal cord?
26
31
52
3. Like other creatures, what do microbes require to live?
broccoli
sun light
water





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Dear Amy: Where did the alphabet come from? --Ruth, Salem, Ore.
Dear Ruth: Alphabets are fascinating, but no one knows exactly where they came from. There has been a lot of study about alphabet systems and writing going all the way back to the first writings of about 4,000 B.C. When I want to find out quickly about anything from alphabets to zebras, I will often use Encyclopedia.com at http://www.encyclopedia.com They have short articles on thousands of topics. And it's easy to find what you're looking for. Look up the word "alphabet" and let me know what you find out.

Dear Amy: When I put the number 4 for the Web address in my browser, "4kids.org" came up. How did that happen without me typing it? --Kim, Dallas
Dear Kim: Aren't Web browsers, like Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, smart? They remember where you've been surfing on the Web in their history folder. Every time you go somewhere, these browsers keep track. So the next time you want to go to a Web site like http://www.4kids.org, they anticipate your typing to help save you time and get you to your favorite places faster. Smart technology is fun.

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